What is Archaeology?

“You guys dig up dinosaurs, right?”  Upon hearing that dreaded phrase, most archaeologists wish they could throw up their hands and scream a resounding “no!” in that person’s face and walk away.  While that would be satisfying, it’s not exactly helpful in dispelling the numerous myths surrounding our field.  It’s hard to not have the... Continue Reading →

Gendered Artifacts – Repost

This episode originally aired on July 23, 2017.  The episode is with hosts Chelsi Slotten, Kirsten Lopez, and Emily Long, and guests Jessica Irwin and Deidra Black.  On this episode, we discuss why some artifacts are viewed as having some intrinsic gender.  For example, weapons tend to be associated with men/seen as male tools, while... Continue Reading →

Bars, Brothels, and Businesses: Archaeology in Commensal Politics with Dr. Megan Victor

Bars, brothels, and businesses, oh my! Dr. Megan Victor joins the hosts to discuss her fascinating work with commensal politics in archaeology, with her focus on the businesses at Smuttynose Island, brothels and bars at Highland City, and Molly Houses in the English Colonial World. Show Notes Dr. Megan Victor: https://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/anthro/Web_Pages/victor/Megan%20Victor%20QC%20Anthropology.html Under the Tavern Table:... Continue Reading →

Confronting Illegal Trafficking in Archaeology with Dr. Donna Yates – Repost

The illegal trafficking of artifacts is an ongoing problem in archaeology. Dr. Donna Yates joins the hosts to discuss her work in tracking trafficked antiquities and how this problem can be stopped. This episode originally aired on January 1, 2018. Show Notes • AnonymousSwissCollector.com• TraffickingCulture.org• StolenGods.org• CultureCrime.org• http://www.historytoday.com/donna-yates/trafficking-culture• http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/dynamic-content-single-view/news/save_culture_end_trafficking_of_stolen_antiquities/• http://www.newsweek.com/isis-makes-100-million-year-smuggling-ancient-artifacts-iraq-and-syria-647524• http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/illicit-trafficking-of-cultural-property/1995-unidroit-convention/

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